Got Stink Bugs? Here’s What To Do And What Not To Do

Dealing with a stink bug infestation? Learn how to banish them without enduring their foul odor! Quick tips and what not to do included.

Coleman Spaulding

Published On:

October 13, 2023

Last Updated:

October 13, 2023

If you're an unlucky person who has had to deal with a stink bug infestation, don't worry – help is here! These tips will show you how to get rid of them quickly and easily, without suffering from their terrible odor.

What are stink bugs, and where do they come from?

These pests are native to Asia, but they've become increasingly common in North America in recent years. It's believed that they first arrived in the United States on a cargo ship from China, and they've since spread to nearly every state.

Stink bugs are particularly fond of gardens and fields, where they feed on various fruits and vegetables. However, they'll also invade homes in search of shelter during winter. As their name suggests, stink bugs can be a real nuisance. But understanding more about these creatures can help you keep them at bay.

What do stink bugs look like, and how can you identify them in your home or garden?

Stink bugs are typically oval or shield-shaped and range in color from brown to green. However, stink bugs get their name from the foul odor they produce when disturbed. This smell is used to deter predators and can be pretty intense.

If you suspect you have stink bugs in your home or garden, look for small groups congregating on plants or the side of buildings. You may also find them hiding in cracks and crevices. Although stink bugs are not a danger to humans, they can cause extensive damage to crops. In addition, if you attempt to pick them up or squash them, you will be treated to a close-up experience of their unpleasant smell.

What are some quick, easy ways to get rid of stink bugs?

The best way to eliminate stink bugs is to keep them from entering your home in the first place. Keep your windows and doors shut as much as possible, and seal any cracks or gaps around door frames and window sills.

If you find yourself with an infestation, here are a few things you can do to get rid of them:

  • You can vacuum them up and then empty the bag into a sealed container.
  • You can kill them by spraying them with a mixture of water and a detergent, like dish soap or laundry soap.
  • You can also knock them off their perches into a bowl of soapy water.

Of course, the easiest way to get rid of stink bugs is to call an exterminator. But if you want to take care of the problem yourself, these tips should help.

What not to do when trying to get rid of stink bugs - these methods could actually make the problem worse!

While knowing what to do to get rid of stink bugs is helpful, it's also important to know what NOT to do.

For example, many people think that fire is a surefire way to get rid of stink bugs. But actually, all this will do is release their signature stink into the air, making the problem even worse! So if you're dealing with a stink bug infestation, avoid using fire at all costs. Instead, focus on more effective (and less smelly) methods like vacuuming them up or using pesticides.

Also, you never want to squish or step on a stink bug. Not only will you have to endure their foul odor, but this can actually cause the bug to release an even more pungent smell in defense.

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If you’ve found yourself with a stink bug infestation, don’t despair. If you need assistance, our team at Spidexx Pest Control is always here to help – just give us a call: (855) 925-3550!

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